Ellis tears strip off rivals by scoring debut hat-trick

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Chorley Rugby Union 2nd XI started their season in style after a dominated 35-0 victory against Tyldesley 3rd XI.

Tyldesley had already defeated the much-fancied league favourites Blackpool the previous weekend, so the win was all that more enjoyable.

Wearing their new kit for the first time this season, the home side were out to impress in their new skin-tight shirts.

Chorley started the game strong and fast, and they were unlucky not to score in the early exchanges.

But they didn’t have to wait long as debutant James Ellis went over for the first try.

Ellis showed great speed and strength to power his way over the line, and the extra points were added by Dave Dawson, who provided a faultless kicking display throughout the 80 minutes.

Encouraged by captain Anthony Matson, Chorley continued to dominate despite some great Tyldesley tackling.

Ellis then made it a double try-scoring debut as he powered over again scoring a second try for himself and Chorley.

Poor handling and some dubious refereeing decisions saw Chorley go into the break without adding to their score.

However, the first move of the second half saw a line-out setplay finished off by John Jackson crashing over under the posts.

The extras were again added by Dawson.

Ellis then crowned a fine debut off in style as he sprinted from the half way line evading the Tyldesley tackles and made it a fine hat-trick on his debut.

The scoring was completed by man of the match Mark Viller, who rolled back the years with an excellent try .

The extras were again added by Dawson, who completed his tally with five successful kicks.

Chorley should and could have added to the score but the game came to a close without further points.

Delighted captain Matson said: “It was an excellent display from all involved and had it not been for these new skinny fit shirts inhibiting our breathing we could certainly have added more points.”

n The first XI however did not have the same joy as they slumped to defeat at Blackburn 2nds.

Chorley fought hard in their away trip but Blackburn showed thei r quality running out 33-19 winners.

The defeat is their second of the season as they lost two weeks ago against Trafford MV 2nd XI 35-13.

The firsts will be on the road again as they travel to Eccles 2nd XI this Saturday.

The 2nds meanwhile will travel to league favourites Blackpool this Saturday.